TBT Vinyl: Jimi Hendrix, Are You Experienced, 1967

28 Apr

Are You Experienced

The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Are You Experienced
Reprise Records
1967

Here’s a first edition US version of the iconic LP. The back cover liner notes say it all: “Be forewarned…”

 

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Prince Per Click

25 Apr

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It’s been 7 hours and several days since Prince’s passing took over the internet. Social newsfeeds turned purple with not only heartfelt tributes by fans, but also self-centered ads, clumsy branded content, and a lousy marriage of broadcast media and social. Here are some low-lights.

 

Prince Link Bait

If you’re already tired of the link-baiting teasers that suck the life out of your screen, then the fresh round of Prince headlines made your weekend even worse. We instantly saw garbage links like “9 songs you didn’t know Prince wrote,” “You won’t believe what will happen with Prince’s will,” and “What police found in Prince’s basement is shocking.”

These sites and their Facebook pages got a quick spike in traffic and a bunch of clicks. Congratulations. But they won’t get this kind of traffic again until someone as popular as Prince dies again. Good luck with that. Many of these sites are not even music, celebrity, or pop culture sites, but sadly are “news” sites that have exposed that they have no original content, only poorly curated links.

 

Brand Content

Tributes poured in from brands – some good, some bad. I generally don’t like posts surrounding a celebrity death or tragedy. There’s not much upside. Is anyone really going to say “Wow, General Mills is my kind of company. They think Prince dying is sad too! Quick, buy more Cheerios!”

And most of the brands’ postings are clumsy at best and overall lousy with a few exceptions. Adweek shared a good complete list here.

 

Celebrity Tweets = Lazy Journalism

Prince’s death has brought out the laziest aspects of TV News. Instead of delivering anything new or different, they just show what other celebrities have tweeted or posted about the celebrity who has died. Justin Timberlake and Mick Jagger are talented guys too, but the nice things they say about Prince are neither news nor interesting (unless someone says something terrible).

Also, thank God for CNN and The Today Show showing us what other people said on Twitter. I don’t know where else we would find such information! Glad they have massive global news operations to repeat what you could have seen on your phone instantly!

 

 

Using Snapchat for Business…Reluctantly

19 Apr

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Why We Don’t

Here are the top reasons many marketers have given me when I’ve asked why they’re not using Snapchat for their business.

  1. I don’t see a viable use for business
  2. It’s for kids
  3. By the time we get rolling, it will be replaced with the next “big thing”

All of these things were said about Facebook in 2010. And the internet in 1995. And probably television in 1950!

 

Why We Should Dive In

Snapchat’s potential for brands lies beyond sending funny pics that disappear. This week on Social Geek Radio, Deb Evans and I will start our exploration into Snapchat for your business with guest Sarah Shah who will guide us through the Snapchat features that brands are using to engage. Join this discussion at socialgeekradio.com

Diving into live streaming video apps Meerkat and Periscope also helped get our creative juices flowing for the advent of Facebook Live for businesses. So learning Snapchat’s business applications now may prepare us for the coming changes of the Facebook properties Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. All of them compete with Snapchat in some manner and the commercialization of each will be driven by that competition. 

 

When? Now.
 
When do you need to get onto a new social network? Right after it appears to make an impact and right before your competitors do. That window is now for Snapchat. Hang with Social Geek Radio for this one…we’ll figure it out, even if we do so reluctantly!

 

TBT Vinyl: Metallica, Fade To Black, 1984

14 Apr

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Metallica
Fade To Black 12″Elektra / Megaforce
1984

Here’s a early promotion-only 12″ single of Fade to Black….

TBT Vinyl: Battlestar Galactica Soundtrack, 1978

7 Apr

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Battlestar Galactica 
Original Soundtrack
MCA Records
1978

 

The original Galactica followed the Star Wars formula closely, including a great symphonic score.

 

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DIFF: Do It For Franchisees

5 Apr

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What’s The DIFF?

One of the best things a Franchisor can offer Franchisees has been good content for marketing and social media engagement. And now this includes leading the franchisees’ content publishing efforts.

Creating content for your entire organization is great. But if that content never gets in front of consumers, it’s worth nothing.

 

DIY Doesn’t Work in Social Media for Franchisees

I spent several years creating social media marketing models where franchisees would “get with the program” and engage daily in social. Do It Yourself social media is a great idea in theory for franchisees, but not all practical. Getting 10% of franchisees in any system to engage was considered success.

We’re now in a Do It For Franchisees world of social marketing.

Local business owners know that marketing is one of the disciplines that they need to tackle. But that’s the problem: it’s just one of things they need to tackle! And when the hours in a day get tight, marketing gets dropped every time.

 

Don’t Be Overhead. Be Air Cover.

Operators, owners, and Franchisees need to focus on running their business, managing their employees, serving customers, and making product, but not becoming a digital marketing expert.

That’s where you come as the expert to figure out the best social approach for your brand and the microcosm of the brand that is the local franchisee’s Facebook page.

You not only can create the appropriate content for that page, but also you can decide the suitable number of daily postings, choose the right timing, and replicate for all franchisees in your system.

That’s where you come in as marketing air cover.

    

It’s good for them. It’s even better for your brand!

As mentioned earlier, if you can get 10% of franchisees from any system to log in and use a social media platform, you’re doing great. But that’s a horrible number! You can’t accomplish much with only 10% of your system.

Doing It For Franchisees (or at least the inactive 90%) means no more worry about policing the messages for consistency. You manage the message and empower the franchisees to run their business.

 

 

 

TBT Vinyl: D Generation, No Lunch, 1996

31 Mar

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D Generation
No Lunch
Columbia Records
1996

Here’s a 10 inch vinyl LP of the New York neo-punk band’s major label release.

 

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Stop Measuring Social Media

30 Mar

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Stop Measuring Social Media

…unless you’re actively engaging!

You can spend all day measuring social media. But if you are not regularly publishing and engaging in social media, then all that measurement is a complete waste of time and money.

By regularly publishing, I mean multiple times per day, on all your pages with a good portion being original posts or links back to original content.  I’ve spoken with many marketing execs who ironically don’t have the resources to post this aggressively because they’re constantly monitoring and analyzing every word on social about their industry.   

Sure, monitoring and measuring the broad spectrum of social can give you some insights. The measurement industry people will tell you that you can make key business decisions with this information. Perhaps…but if you’re making important decisions about your organization based on what a few people may remark on social media, then perhaps you’re in the wrong seat.

 

Other Noise Versus Your Message

Look at the big QSRs – do they care? I hope not. Thousands of people say nasty things on social about chicken nuggets and $5 pizzas every week. But guess what? Millions of people still buy chicken nuggets and $5 pizzas every week. Those brands are actively putting out their own messages and not focusing on all the chatter.

 

What about the social channels you can’t monitor?

Those who over-measure have a particular fondness for Twitter. Why? Is it the most influential? No. Is it the biggest? No. But, it is the easiest to monitor and measure. Tweets are things that can easily be counted but might not necessarily count.  

Facebook and Instagram have real barricades to monitoring anything but your own content. They count, but can’t be counted. And Snapchat? No chance.

So most “share of voice” reports out there are only measuring a less important portion of a tiny fraction of what might be captured about of what’s being said about the brand! Please reread that last sentence in your most sarcastic voice possible.

 

Next: More Noise?!? 

As social and online conversations, chatter, and noise grow exponentially, each piece becomes less important. Where do you want to be a year from now…gathering more & more data that is becoming less & less relevant? Or, do you want to lead conversations and tell your story? Try these 4 tips:

1. Keep a finger on the pulse of social – not every inch of the body.

2. Of course be prepared to be alerted to any real crisis.

3. Focus all of your social listening on responses and engagements to your original content and your story. That’s all you can control anyway.

4. Focus the majority of your marketing resources on making news, not reading it.

 

TBT Vinyl: CCR, Chronicle, 1976

24 Mar

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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Chronicle
Fantasy Records
1976

I became a CCR fan a decade after they broke up.  There was no exposure to their original albums and not much radio airplay. But there was a TV commercial for this greatest hits package that ran constantly through the 80s on syndicated television, cable, and of course the early days of MTV. 

If this record introduced you to John Fogerty and Creedence as well, we’re not alone; over 8 Million copies were sold in the US!

 

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Anchor: Radio By The People

22 Mar

 

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What Instagram is to photos and Periscope is to video, Anchor is to audio.

Anchor was a big hit at SXSW this year much to the pleasure of its investors and founders.  Thanks to my Social Geek Radio co-host Deb Evans for hipping me to the hippest place in the social sphere today. In fact Deb featured Anchor last week on our Social Geek Radio podcast’s #GeekItOut segment.

Anchor is simple app that allows users to broadcast short audio clips and it allows followers to engage and respond via audio clips as well.

For me, the most effective part of Anchor is the easy integration with Twitter. I don’t think many people are interested in cultivating a new community and new followers. While you can manage a group of Anchor followers, the key here is using Anchor as an, uhhh, anchor for audio-only content and sharing it to your current community on Twitter (as well as Facebook). In this case, Anchor is a lot like an audio YouTube: a link vault of short clips that you share on other social media.

I also like Anchor’s onboarding process. No Facebook blue arrows or anything to read; Anchor sticks to its audio focus and has a friendly voice talk you through a fast setup. Nice touch.  (Note to Ello: I’m still waiting for you update my password.)

Give Anchor a try now and connect with me there. Would love to hear your thoughts there! 

 

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Shot of a recent Wave on Anchor

 

 

 

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